Short courses give you the opportunity to update your knowledge and skills in only a fraction of the time it would take to study a degree or other higher qualification. They build on your existing knowledge and qualifications and formalise skills you have gained in the workplace.

For working people, short courses offer flexibility and affordability. They can also be key in unlocking job prospects or new career ventures and are perfect for getting you motivated again.

We have listed the many benefits of short courses below:

Increase your chance of employment

Finding employment is a challenge, especially if you are unskilled or just out of school. A short course can make you more employable by giving you skills in administration, bookkeeping, secretarial or computers, amongst others, which will help you to find an entry-level position.

Short courses also show potential employers that you are motivated and keen to learn and improve yourself.

Develop your career

Short courses are a great way to fill the gaps in your knowledge and give you a competitive edge when it comes to job promotions.

Courses in areas such as management, leadership and communication can make you the ideal person for a higher role in your company. If you are already in a management position, these courses can help you deal more effectively with employee and workplace issues. Also, these types of skills are easily transferred from job to job and look great on your CV.

Ideal for Entrepreneurs

Small business owners can get caught up running their own businesses and may start feeling tired and uninspired. A short course can give you new ideas and skills and really fire you up to achieve greater business success.

You can also pick up on skills that are outside your field of expertise but that are critical for running your own business, such as accounting, marketing, HR and more.

Develop your mind

Shout courses give your brain a workout when you learn new info and skills. By stimulating your mind and keeping it active, you can add real depth to your life. Keeping an open and interested mind will also result in a more enthusiastic attitude.

Improve your outlook and your social life

When you learn new things, you often feel better about yourself and your environment. One of the benefits of attending classes at UniCollege is the social aspect. You will meet a whole bunch of new like-minded people from different backgrounds.

Switch to a new career

If you are wanting to change jobs or try a new career field, then a short course could be the way in you are looking for. It will prove to potential employers that you have an interest and are keen to learn.

Getting insight into the new field by doing a short course can save you time and money studying a longer qualification. Once you have a better idea of what a particular field involves, you will know if it’s the right career path for you.

UniCollege offers a wide range of short courses that last in duration from 16 to 48 hours. You attend classes either on Saturdays or in the evenings during the week. You are still required to put in time and effort to do well when studying a short course. Most of our short courses require you to attend a certain number of classes, complete assignments and write an examination to meet the requirements. The Chartered Institute of Business Management (CIBM) endorses the majority of UniCollege’s short programme certificates.

When applying for a job, only list the short courses that are relevant to the job you are applying for. This will show that you are a well-rounded, inquisitive person.

Make sure you understand whether your course is nationally recognised or can be accredited towards further study if you are planning to study further.